It has been a long held belief that putting a dab of toothpaste on a pimple will eliminate the spot. But is this a myth and could ingredients in the toothpaste cause you to get more spots?
What toothpaste can cause, however, is irritation or allergic reactions in people with certain sensitivities, resulting in rashy bumps around the mouth or, perhaps, rosacea, a chronic condition of redness and skin sores that might be confused with traditional acne, said Dr. Richard Gallo, chair of the dermatology department at the University of California at San Diego.
“One of the instructions we give to patients with rosacea is to think about the toothpaste you’re using,” Gallo said.
People can be allergic to just about anything, but toothpaste’s mint and cinnamon flavorings, which can include the allergens balsam of Peru, cinnamic aldehyde and peppermint and spearmint flavors, are major culprits in skin reactions, Gallo said.
What was shocking for us to read was that over 90% of toothpastes on the shelves do not even list all their ingredients. what was even more shocking was that most toothpastes contain SLS, which is a foaming agent that is used in many household good such as washing detergents. This alone can cause skin corrosion and irritation. Should it really be in grooming products?